This article argues that pre-sentence reports for youth courts are coauthored by at least two unreliable narrators: the defendant and the youth justice worker. The production of an objective professional assessment for sentencing purposes is therefore a convenient fiction in which key 10 actors collude. Such reports do not only seek to provide narrative explanations of past actions, but also shape future sentencing decisions and other outcomes that can either be helpful or harmful to service users. Full case files, meanwhile, contain documents that reveal less orderly and more challenging narratives from the margins.
|Number of pages||17|
|Early online date||10 Oct 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- pre-sentence reports
- youth justice
- social work